Thursday, 9 February 2012

Book Review: Starter For Ten - David Nicholls

Synopsis - It's 1985 and Brian Jackson has arrived at university with a burning ambition - to make it onto TV's foremost general knowledge quiz.  But no sooner has he embarked on'The Challenge' than he finds himself falling hopelessly in love with his team-mate, the beautiful and charismatic would-be actress Alice Harbinson.

When Alice fails to fall for his slightly over-eager charms, Brian comes up with a foolproof plan to capture her heart once and for all.  He's going to win the game, at any cost, because - after all - everyone knows that what a woman really wants from a man is a comprehensive grasp of general knowledge...

Review - This book is David Nicholl's début novel and it gives the reader a fair idea of what is to come from this author.  Brian has just left school and embarks on university life, this is a funny, witty look at a young student adapting to his new surroundings.  Brian has left home for the first time and goes to seek learning, friendship, participation in the ultimate quiz and a girlfriend.  We painfully follow Brian on his journey, most of us will have been there at some time or another!  The drunk disco dance, saying the wrong thing to the wrong people or at the wrong time, trying to hard to impress, large scale faux pas and generally making a fool of oneself.  However, Brian picks himself up, dusts himself off and  starts all over again.  I love this sharp, wry look at life from the point of view of the teenage boy moving into a bigger pond.  Great characterisations too, you can't help but like and feel sorry for the slightly unfortunate Brian.  Does he get the girl?  Read the book to find out!  4*

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